Gov. Edwards, LSP tight-lipped on mansion security breach

Governor John Bel Edwards gives brief statement regarding mansion security breach

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Reynard Toby Green has a home just three miles from the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion.

But last week, in an embarrassing moment for Louisiana State Police (LSP), he was apparently able to sneak into the mansion undetected with a small amount of synthetic marijuana in his pocket, and make himself right at home.

Police discovered him sleeping on a couch inside the mansion just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards gave only a brief statement when asked about the incident during a public appearance Tuesday, April 23.

“I’m not going to address any specific information relative to that,” Edwards said. “It’s still an open investigation the State Police is conducting, and I will just say that I appreciate all the work that they do to keep me and my family safe. At no time were we anything other than safe.”

(Source: WAFB)

The governor would not say whether he or the First Lady were at home at the time of the security breach, citing the ongoing state police investigation.

On Tuesday, LSP refused to say how the security breach happened, how long the man was there, and whether any of the troopers responsible for guarding the mansion and Governor John Bel Edwards have been disciplined.

LSP spokesman, Capt. J.B. Slaton, said Tuesday the investigation is still “ongoing."

Slaton, in a text message, would only repeat the details already included in two brief police reports on the incident. He declined to be interviewed on camera Tuesday.

The police reports say Green is charged with criminal trespassing, battery on a police officer, burglary, criminal damage to property, possession of schedule I narcotics, and disarming a police officer.

The responding officer says Green, 35, was found “lying on a couch and placed under arrest.”

After being transported to the Department of Public Safety, Green allegedly “took a swing” at a sergeant, striking him in his chest. He then reportedly took a swing at a nearby officer and hit him in the hand, the police report says.

Later, while being interviewed about the mansion breach, an officer says Green reached for the officer’s gun. “I was able to stop Green from attempting to disarm me with a right elbow strike to the side of his face,” the report says.

The report says an antique table near where Green was found sleeping in the mansion was broken.

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